SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — It’s the embrace felt around the world.
International superstar Carlos Santana and his long-lost friend — and former bandmate — Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone, were reunited after 40 years over the holidays.
It all started on Dec. 9. when Marcus, a homeless man, became part of KRON 4?s Stanley Roberts’ People Behaving Badly story about illegal dumping in an Oakland neighborhood. Stanley was capturing footage as Marcus was rummaging for valuables.
During the shoot, Marcus told Stanley that he was a landscaper and a music composer. He also revealed his connection to a Bay Area music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Carlos Santana.
KRON 4?s Stanley Roberts sat down with Marcus for an exclusive one-on-one interview to learn more about the legendary percussionist who has been homeless for nearly to 30 years.
STANLEY: Who is Marcus?
MARCUS: Well, Marcus is just a person just trying to make it happen in life, prosper, successfully, hopefully. Staying true to what I’m trying to create in music and anything else that I do.
STANLEY: I’ve had small bouts of homelessness but I’ve had homelessness to the level you reached. What is that like?
MARCUS: Homeless is a constant day-to-day struggle on trying to keep food in your body, keep your health up. Cold nights. Sleeping outside. Sleeping in parks in different, old cars, or wherever you can find shelter.
It’s a very lonely and painful thing sometimes.
If you’re in a place that’s considered as private property or something, people might approach with a lot negativity. “Get out of here, You don’t belong here, We’re going to call the police or what have you.
To go through life listening to something that you created on the radio in different places that I was, even in cars passing by, I would hear my music.
STANLEY: What’s that like? You’re sitting there and you hear cars go by and you hear your music playing and you can’t do anything about it.
MARCUS: I can’t do nothing about it. And I’d say to different people when it was a situation to where people around me that I knew and was familiar with and I’d say, “Man that’s my song!”
And they would go, “Man, are you crazy? That’s Santana!”
I’d say, “Man, I was with that band from the very day 1.”
The interview turned out to be blast from the past and a peek at the future